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Best ZTR in the $4k-$6k range?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by bigdessert, May 19, 2010.

  1. bigdessert

    bigdessert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    My predicament is that the only dealers in my area are Deere, Hustler and Husqvarna. Now I am currently using a Deere L130 48" rider and want to get things done faster and that mower has now 300 hours on it. I was looking at the three units below. I mow about 1.5 acres with all flat mowing and 4 trees :)

    1. Deere EZtrak Z465 61" with 25HP Kawasaki engine. $5,699
    2. Husqvarna MZ6128ZT 61" with 28HP B&S engine. $4,999
    3. Bad Boy CZT 60 60" with 23HP vanguard engine. $5,899

    Now the deere dealer is also a hustler dealer in town but don't know prices. The closest Bad Boy dealer is about 100 miles away. If you have any other suggestions in this price range let me know your thoughts.
  2. biggziff

    biggziff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Have you considered a used Exmark or Scag? I just bought a 1.5 yr old Exmark Lazer Z HP 52" 23HP with 149 hours on it for less than $4K. I looked for about a month before I found this one, but I found a lot of others that were good deals as well.
  3. bigdessert

    bigdessert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Around here $4k used gets you an Exmark Lazer Z with about 1000 hours on it.
  4. biggziff

    biggziff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Ya....this one took a little while to find. I demo'd a Ferris 1500Z and the 500Z. I got the 1500Z down to $6200 and quite a bit less for the 500Z. Nice mowers.
  5. Firefighter337

    Firefighter337 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    What about a Gravely? I have 2 friends that bought the 44z for around 5k out the door. It is simply built and has a strong deck. I believe both of them have a 19 horse Kawasaki motor.
  6. bigdessert

    bigdessert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    again, no dealer around other than Deere, Hustler, and Husqvarna. I am not sure if this means a whole lot to homeowners or not.
  7. 06LTNox

    06LTNox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Its always nice to have a dealer close. My father-in-law had to drive 30 minutes one way when he had to get parts for his old CC. I was looking at the EZTraks myself this year before I spent the extra and got one of their commercial mowers.
  8. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    JD EZtrak z445 with the 54" High capacity deck is what I'd look at. It gives you the most HP per inch of deck and the better 4-point deck mounting/lift system.

    The wheel motor brackets on the deere's are the weak points on them, Take them off before you even go beat on it and weld the back sides. The larger tires on the Z465 will rip them appart quicker.
  9. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 867

    That Mz is not a bad machine, there are guys here using them comercially. I started out with the ez a step below the mz and it hasnt let me down after 4 years of abuse.
    after that ez and all my husqvarana hand helds that have never let me down i have become a big husqvarna fan. The only thing I dont like about it has the B&s on it and the deere has the Kawi.
  10. biggziff

    biggziff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Personally, I wouldn't buy a particular brand just because they had a dealer close to me. Research and buy the one you like best, but...for the average homeowner, any of the choices you mentioned will be more than enough for the rest of your lifetime.

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